Fans, players brave heat for Tiger Fan Fest - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Fans, players brave heat for Tiger Fan Fest

(WMC-TV) - The excessive heat did not stop Memphis Tigers fans from heading to Tiger Lane for Saturday's Tigers Fan Fest.

The Tigers hit the field for their second practice of fall camp.  They wore dark helmets under the hot sun at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Fans also braved the extreme heat.  This marked the first year practice has been open to the public.

"Compared to what they have to do, we're on the better end of it," said Tigers fan Felecia Donelson.

"It's hot, but we love football, so we're here," said Tigers fan Penny Alred.

Wide receive Reggie Travis Jr's parents braved temperatures near 100 degrees to watch their son.

"If he has to be in this heat, we're right here with him," said his father.  "If he has to endure, so do we."

About 15 athletic trainers shuttled water to players constantly.

Athletic Director R.C. Johnson said coaches advised players to drink lots of water.  Doctors and ambulances were on hand during practice as a precaution.

Johnson said players could stop for water breaks anytime they wanted.

"A lot different than in the old days when you had to be macho and you had to be out here and couldn't do anything," said Johnson.  "We're very cautious about it."

The Memphis Fire Department has responded to over 100 heat-related calls since June 1.  The heat index during the Tigers practice Saturday afternoon was 109 degrees.

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